What is Lincoln's Automatic Engine Shutdown?

Vehicles with Intelligent Access and Push-Button Start have the ability to turn off if the engine has been idling for an extended period. This feature can be disabled temporarily.


  • Automatic Engine Shutdown cannot be disabled permanently. It re-enables the next time the vehicle starts.
  • The instructions here are specific for vehicles with SYNC®* 3.
  • This feature is also designed to save battery power.
  • Refer to your owner's manual for:
    • SYNC 4.
    • When the steps below do not match your vehicle.
  • Instructions can vary by vehicle model.

Temporarily Disabling Automatic Engine Shutdown

Select the appropriate option below:

SYNC 3 Touchscreen

  1. Tap Settings on your vehicle's SYNC 3 screen.
    SYNC 3 screen - Settings selection.
  2. Select Vehicle.
    Select Vehicle
  3. Toggle 30min Max Idle to Off.

Information Display

  1.  Scroll to Settings on the information display using the left-hand steering wheel control.
    left -hand steering wheel control display
  2. Press OK to select Vehicle.
  3. Deselect the Auto Engine off box.
    Auto Engine Off Check Box

Additional Information

What is Auto Start-Stop?
Can I disable the Auto Start-Stop feature?

*Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.